Antenna News in English 110996
News in English, of 11/09/1996
- A close associate of Denktash, one of the murderers
of Solomos Solomou.
- Who is the most appropriate premier, according to the latest
- Antenna's broadcast of the Greek basketball's
His name is Kenan Akin. The Public Prosecutor's
Office, which has largely worked on the video-taped
killing of Solomou, broadcast around the
world, found out that Kenan Akin is the man who
shot Solomou from the balcony of the Turkish-
Cypriot sentry post in Derynia.
It was not hard to find pictures or video-tapes with
Kenan Akin, as he's a public figure in the
occupied part of Cyprus. As a matter of fact, his picture was
front-page published on the Turkish-
Cypriot daily "Kibris" Monday, in a report
referring to Sunday's shooting of two Turkish
soldiers on teh divided island.
According to the research carried out by
Nicosia's Public Prosecutor's Office, there were
five men in total who shot Solomos Solomou.
Sources say that their names, in addition to Kenan
Akin, will be soon published.
The information that Akin is one of the five
murderers was broadcast by the Reuters press
agency and given by Cypriot officials, who
preferred not to reveal their names.
Kenan Akin is a former officer of the Turkish army
as well as Agriculture minister of the occupied
part of Cyprus. He's also a close associate of the
Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. Akin denied
Tuesday in Reuters the accusation of being one of
the murderers of Solomou, adding that it was set up
by the Greek-Cypriot press. He claimed not even
being present at the incident of August 14th.
Meanwhile, research is continued to identify the
murderers of the other unarmed Greek-Cypriot
protestor in the neutral zone, Tassos Isaak, who
was beaten to death by Turkish soldiers.
Monday we heard that two soldiers were shot at a
Turkish sentry post along Cyprus's neutral zone,
near the village of Acheritou, across from
territory under British command. Turkey has accused
the Greek-Cypriots of being behind the shootings,
which left one of the soldiers dead, but the
British authorities say the shots were fired from
Turkish-occupied territory. Tuesday, sources said
that the soldier who was shot to death, was of
Kurdish origin, and that his family had been
transferred to the occupied part of Cyprus in
This fact, as well as the fact that any access to
the Turkish sentry post in Acheritou is possible
only from the occupied territory, make more
evident the point of view that this was an act of
Two weeks before Greeks go to the polls to elect a
new government the polls-mania keeps on rolling.
Every day a newspaper or a TV station publish surveys showing how
the candidates stack up.
A PRC poll conducted for the daily "TA NEA" shows
which leader the Greek voters consider as the most
appropriate for the post of the prime minister.
As you can see, 50.7% of the voters say Kostas
Simitis is the most favored figure, while
27.2% go for New Democracy leader Miltiades
Evert. And, there is still a 22.1% who
considers none of the above suitable for the post of the premier. In the
same poll, PRC questioned voters which they
consider as the most important problems of the
country that must be immediately resolved by the
new government? The top four issues were; Greek-turkish
relations, Greece's defense policy, education and health system
which trouble supporters of both
New Democracy and Pasok.
LALIOTIS/SIMITIS IN ARTA
Environment minister Kostas Laliotis strongly attacked New
Democracy and its leader Miltiades
Evert over his pre-election announcements regarding
the economy measures his party promised to
implement after the elections.
Kostas Laliotis, who will be Pasok's spokesman
until the elections, talked to reporters Tuesday,
as he will do every day until September 22nd, the
Laliotis said that the fake transfigurations of New
Democracy and its leader do not persuade nor
mislead the greek people. Referring to the latest polls, which
showed that the top two parties are neck and neck, the
said the surveys' results are proved to be finally
positive for Pasok.
When asked whether Pasok is fighting against two "ennemies", New
Democracy and the Democratic
Movement, the party founded by the former Pasok MP Dimitris
Tsovolas, Kostas Laliotis said that his party has been fighting
only against the conservative party, since its foundation.
"You must all support the progressive party", prime minister
Kostas Simitis said in his pre-election speech in Arta on Monday,
making an appeal for unity
and determination among Pasok voters. "There is
only one truth in these elections", he added. "The
winner will be either the right wing, the
progressive party,or the central-left wing party".
Simitis toured in central and northern Greece,
On Tuesday he will visit the Peloponese.
"Development" is the key-word to fight against the
major problem of unemployment, New Democracy
leader Miltiades Evert said, in a press conference
he gave on Monday afternoon.
Referring to the necessary remedies for the unemployment, Evert
stressed that the GNP
should be increased by 4%, in addition to a package of
reinforcement measures for the country's farmers and small
businessmen. A week ago, we heard that the New Democracy leader
had announced seven specific measures he will adopt right after
his election, designed to correct some economic wrongs.
On Tuesday, Miltiades Evert met with delegations of
families with over three children, whom he
reassured that his government, if his party wins
the elections, will bring back all of the
financial and social advantages they had and which were abolished
"This is a matter of national importance, as it is
directly related to the country's demographic
problem", Evert said, after his meeting with the reps of the
families with several children.
New Democracy leader also met with the Greek
Industrialists Association. He said industries
should be reinforced in the country and stressed
that there must be given further financial motives
to the Stocks Exchange.
Focusing now on the rest of the political parties, Political
Spring leader Antonis Samaras continues his tour all over Greece,
attacking Pasok and New Democracy for including Greek muslim
voters in their tickets.
Communist Party secretary Aleka Papariga is in
Thessaloniki, where she's continuing her visits to
And, Dimitris Tsovolas, president of the
Democratic Movement, goes to central Greece.
Referring to the latest polls, he said that he's
surveying the greek voters every day and that all
those who have underestimated the greek people,
will get a tough reply after the elections.
Last week we heard that residents of several
villages in northern and central Greece have
decided not to vote in the elections, or have any
buisness with politicians. They're fed up with
promises to solve problems such as unpaved roads, and a lack of
schools- that go unfulfilled.
The groundswell of discontent continues. In five
villages in Arkathia, southern Greece, residents
are also saying "no" to the politicians. The oldest
resident of the village of PeletA, at the age of
100 years, still remembers himself carrying water
in buckets from water-tanks. And this situation
has not changed since the villages were formed!
Residents say the state has never taken care of
building a network of water-sypply pipelines in
Yet, another message sent from over two thousand
five hundred voters in Arkathia that they want
fewer promises, and more action.
With the announcement of several changes in the
schools programmes Education minister George
Papandreou welcomed the one million seven hundred
thousand students who will go back to school
tomorrow, in the first day of the school year.
One supplementary hour per week and new books in
two lessons will delay the school students,
along with two foreign languages for the high-school
Education minister announced that in fifteen
Athenian high-schools, a new teaching system will
be implemented, with the establishment of specific
teaching halls for each lesson. Students will
have to change classes to follow the different
According to the Education ministry's data, about
one hundred thirty thousand children will go to
the first class at the primary schools tomorrow.
We all wish them, Good Luck!
Antenna television live broadcasted the Greek
basketball anniversary, where the best players and teams of the
previous season were honoured.
The MVP award was given to Giorgos Sigalas, and the
first scorer was Mitchell Wiggins. Byron Dickins,
Harold Davis, Alexis Papadatos, Angelos Koronios,
Panagiotis Fassoulas and Giorgos KarAgoutis were
some of the best players who offered unforgettable
moments to basketball lovers on Greek and
foreign courts last season.
The teams of Panathinaikos and Olympiakos were
awarded for winning respectively the European and Greek
All of the sports officials and teams' presidents
who attended the awarding ceremony expressed their
best wishes for the new year.
Antenna's president Minos Kyriakou reassured that
Antenna will stand by Greek basketball in the near future, as it
has done in the past. He said,
"I believe we will prove what Antenna means and
how it can promote Greek basketball for the
next two years, because Greece deserves it".
© ANT1-Radio 1996